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Top 5 Places To Live In Greater Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

There are many distinct places to live in and around the Boston area. But how are you to know where to live with so many choices? Based on home prices, recreation, culture, schools and general livability, here are five of the top places to live in the Greater Boston Area.

  1. Westwood. With a relatively small population of 12,557, two commuter rail lines, lots of recreation and fantastic conservation areas, Westwood has the relaxing feel of a smaller town, but is only 13 miles southwest of Boston. Add to that the high quality of schools, which are nationally in the top two percent, and Westwood is a great place for the entire family. Home prices are now increasing approximately 7%. Condos sales are few right now but usually average $350,000 with single-family homes average $1,129,500.
  2. Winchester. Known for its historic homes and good schools, Winchester has a wide selection of single-family homes and some condos and is conveniently located 8 miles northwest of Boston. At about 20,000 population, its size gives some relief from the hustle and bustle of Boston. Home prices have recently increased 5.5 percent. Condo prices average about $450,000 and single-family homes average $1,200,000.
  3. Brookline. Located only 4 miles west of Boston with a population of nearly 55,000, Brookline is known for its mix of people and nationally known Brookline High School. Home prices have increased 11.4 percent since 2012 and there are a lot of home choices on the market. With a range of prices from about $420,000 to $1,400,000, there is something for everyone.
  4. Roxbury. The Roxbury area in west Boston is changing, adding lots of new business and housing options. This neighborhood is the center of African-American culture in Boston. In 2005, the Roxbury Center for the Arts, Culture and Trade opened to share this rich culture through both visual and performing arts. Home prices have increased 7.9 percent and have seen increases since 2011. Home prices range from approximately $475,000 to $675,000.
  5. Quincy. This birthplace of two U.S. presidents has a sizeable population of 90,000 and both coastline and inland options. There are a number of home choices in this historical city and prices have increased 5 percent since 2012. Quincy is just 10 miles from Boston. Home prices average about $375,000 for condos, $440,000 for single-family homes and $500,000 for multi-family homes.
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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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